The Hermit tarot card is the card of solitude and withdrawal.
Traditionally, this card shows an old man holding a staff in one hand and a lit lantern in the other. It’s a quiet and simple card with a powerful message.
When you are faced with a tough situation or difficult decision, The Hermit whispers, “You already have all of the answers you need. You just need to go deep within yourself to find them.”
Along The Fool’s journey through the Major Arcana, this is the lesson of trusting yourself.
Maturity comes when you feel confident in your own voice. But before you gain that confidence and maturity, you must first learn what your voice has to say.
Hone your intuition through deep self-knowledge. Quiet contemplation, meditation, and removal from the stresses and hassles of your daily life will help you strengthen your intuition.
When you go within yourself, you will find the solutions you are looking for.
Keywords for The Hermit Tarot Card
Go within for your answers
Eliminate the “busyness” to open yourself to growth
Remove yourself from this situation
Keywords for The Hermit Reversed
Repeating your past mistakes
Resisting your inner voice
Isolation, loneliness, too much solitude
Patterns and Correspondences of The Hermit Card
Major Arcana = the lessons and journey of your spiritual growth
Zodiac sign = Virgo
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The Hermit Tarot Card Meanings for Love
The Hermit is a very solitary card. When this card arrives during a reading about love, it usually indicates you are not yet ready for the relationship you are seeking.
Are you too tied to the past? Are you wishy-washy about your desires? Do you know the type of relationship you want? The only way to know is to go within and trust the answers you find there.
If you are in a relationship, be honest with yourself. If you are spending too much time focused on the other person, you may not be getting your own needs met. Do you know what you really want?
If possible, remove yourself from your social commitments for a few days or weeks. Use your free time to think, journal, and explore what you desire and fear.
The Hermit Tarot Card Meanings for Work
If you are struggling with a project for work, you will find the answers through removing yourself from the situation (as much as you can).
Give yourself some space and time away from the problem. Clear the decks and don’t let yourself get seduced by constant busyness. Trust yourself to find a different way.
The quiet contemplation of this problem will bring clarity. You may be so enmeshed in the problem you don’t see it clearly. If you step back, you will better be able to see all sides and come up with creative ways to deal with the issue.
The Hermit Tarot Card Meanings for Health
The Hermit card is a meditative and restive card. If you are looking for ways to increase your fitness, try yoga, tai chi or long walks alone.
Rest, relaxation, and especially sleep are vital to your health. Reduce the stress in your life, say a strong NO to obligations and busyness, and take care of yourself. Put your own needs first.
It’s very common to use “busyness” as a way of avoiding our problems. Keeping ourselves “too busy” means we never have to deal with the fear, pain, and suck of life.
The Hermit requires a different way. When you eliminate all of the busyness and sit with the problem, you will eventually find a new way of dealing with it. Yes, it’s uncomfortable, but the only way out is through.
The Hermit Tarot Card Meanings for Money and Finances
Financially, you need to conserve your resources. This is not the time for extravagant purchases or risky investments.
However, if you are considering investing in yourself through education or professional development, it may be a good use of your money.
If you are looking for additional income, tap into your existing talents and experience. Go within for your answers. They are already there.
And if you have repeated the same problems with money throughout your life, deal with them by finding their root cause. Dive deep into your beliefs about money, rich people, and poverty. Create a mindset of abundance in all things and give fear and judgments the boot.
The Hermit Tarot Card Meanings for Spiritual Guidance
The Hermit goes deep into the woods or to the top of the mountain to be alone with his thoughts. You don’t need to go that far. You can do it from anywhere.
Meditation is one of the keys to clarity and inner peace. It doesn’t have to be 20 minutes with your legs crossed on a pillow, ohmming for world peace.
Meditation can be as simple as long walks alone, focusing your thoughts on an idea or question. It could be pacing through a labyrinth. Or coloring in a coloring book like a kid. For me, it’s being led across the dance floor, breath-to-breath with my tango partner.
The Hermit is a reminder that everything you need is already within you. If you’re willing to look inside yourself and accept everything you find there, you’ll find the spiritual guidance you seek.
This is a simple lesson and one that will repeat throughout your life. But simple doesn’t mean easy, which is why this lesson will repeat itself again and again until you fully integrate it into practice.
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